Up Close: Frank on the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

last week’s New York Fashion Week presentation was an ode to the 1930s waterfront. taking cues from the ruggedness of the longshoremen and dock workers, there was a patchwork argyle sweater, a shearling-collar bomber and an unstructured camel topcoat. here, a few of our favorite moments…
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

For more on our presentation during New York Fashion Week, click here.

Catalog Hall of Fame

some of the creative minds behind our catalog
share their favorite moments from over the years…
Frank, Head of Men’s Design:
October 2010
“To me, this represents the whole fall 2010 PR presentation, which was a turning point for our men’s design team. From the props to the looks to the lighting, this catalog perfectly captured the way everything came together in the presentation.”

770’s Worst-Kept Secrets

office obsessions that have spread like wildfire
1. Astor Place Hairstylist—the old-school barber both Jack, our men’s stylist, and Aaron, our muse of the month, swear by. Jack says, “Try Valentino—he’s great with old movie references. I usually ask to look like James Stewart as George Bailey.”
2. Hammond’s marshmallow caramels—according to one unnamed sugar fiend, “They’re life changing.”
3. Blue Bottle Coffee—the Brooklynites among us, including Frank, our head of men’s design, are die-hard fans of this local coffee spot.
4. Dia:Beacon and the Gerhard Richter show at London’s Tate Modern tie for most-talked-about art excursion.
5. Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed—it does double duty on cheeks and lips, according to Courtney in casting (among others).


(image credits: coffee, blue bottle brooklyn)

Fashion Week: Backstage

behind-the-scenes pics taken moments before
presenting our men’s spring collection
Want more? Check out our Facebook page for all the backstage shots.

Prepping for Fashion Week

tomorrow morning marks our very first presentation at
New York Fashion Week. so how did we prepare?
let’s just say Starbucks did very brisk business last week…
Monday 9am: Putting it all together. Women’s designers Marissa and Somsack mix and match the collection to get the outfits just right.

Tuesday 11am: Location, location, location: scoping out the space where our presentation will be held.

Wednesday 12pm: Casting the models. Marissa and Somsack deliberate.

Thursday 3pm: How fitting. Frank, head of men’s design, tailors each outfit to the models.

Friday 6pm: Hair and makeup trials are underway
(P.S. stay tuned for the full beauty report after the show).

Saturday 2pm: Marissa, Somsack and our stylist, Gayle, put the finishing touches on each look.

End-of-Summer Playlist

our top tunes for savoring the last days of summer
1. Frank, men’s designer: “Rosemary” by Scott Walker
2. Jenna, creative director: “I’ve Been Thinking” by Handsome Boy Modeling School,
featuring Cat Power
3. Marissa, women’s designer: “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
4. Tom, wedding designer: “Metronomy” by The Look
5. Jack, men’s stylist: “African Lady” by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
6. Laura, crewcuts designer: “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

(post by Matt Pastorius, photo by Katie Boiano)

End-of-Summer Reading List

we keep spotting the DODOcase™ for Kindle
peeking out of bags and desk drawers at the office,
so we asked around to find out what everyone’s
reading right now
Frank, men’s designer: Just Kids, by Patti Smith
Jenna, creative director: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Jenny, crewcuts designer: The Pun Also Rises, by John Pollack
Tom, wedding designer: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
Jack, men’s stylist: Paul’s Boutique (33 1/3), by Dan LeRoy
Marissa, women’s designer: Life, by Keith Richards

Summer Style Icons

We asked a few of our insiders who their
style icons are, plus how they’re channeling
them with our warm-weather items
1. Frank, our in-the-know head of men’s design
“Alain Delon in Purple Noon…hands down!”
A long-sleeve indigo-stripe crewneck

2. Jenna, our always-chic creative director
Slim Keith
J.Crew gladiator sandals and a café capri in bright red with a crisp shirt

3. Gayle, our superstylist extraordinaire
Lauren Hutton
—A crisp white J.Crew perfect shirt with oversize vintage Levi’s®

4. Jack, our do-it-all men’s stylist
David Byrne
—“White on white on white!”

5. Jenny, our head crewcuts design whiz
“Audrey Hepburn in her polka-dot bikini”
J.Crew’s high-waisted polka-dot bikini with matching halter top and a men’s blue oxford shirt

(image credits: 1, 2, 4, 5)

Receiving almost as much attention as the clothes, the art at the gallery-esque Fifth Avenue store has a presence that’s undeniable. Ruth, our prop and window dresser extraordinaire, reveals the artists and just how many gloves there are. “The wall of art…is a mix of vintage and new, known artists from galleries and unknown artists unearthed in antique stores and flea markets.”

Women’s Cashwrap (clockwise from left)
- “This painting was bought in an antique store [artist unknown]. I’m crazy about this piece. It reminds me of an architectural floor plan.”
- Photograph by Patricia McDonough.
- Abstract painting on paper by Deborah Dancy. “We love this artist so much, we bought about a dozen pieces of her work.”
- Photograph of girl in car by Cig Harvey.
“This is my favorite piece in the whole store. It grabs your attention—it’s mysterious and arresting.”
- Red drawing of nude by Jean Negulesco.
- Vintage 1950s fashion photograph (artist unknown).
- Paper collage by Duncan Hannah. We almost bought out the entire collection of these collages from the ’70s and ’80s.
- Masking tape piece by Jon Ros.
- Black charcoal drawing (artist unknown, bought at a flea market).
- Art poster. “I love the graphics and color combination.”

Men’s floor stairway (clockwise from left)
- Vintage art poster from the Leo Castelli gallery.
“This is from a great collection of exhibition posters we found that date from the ’70s and ’80s.”
- Collage by Cecil Touchon.
- Photograph by Marc Yankus.
- Vintage Le Corbusier poster, sourced at an antiques show.
- Vintage film poster of “Blow Up,” from the personal collection of Frank Muytjens.
- Black and white pen and ink drawing. “Glenn and I were at the Brimfield Flea Market and he found this incredible collection of sketchbooks from one artist. This is one of them and so is the pen and ink portrait on the left wall.”
- Richard Serra poster from the Leo Castelli gallery.
- Abstract painting (artist unknown).
- Uncut dust jacket covers with drawing of Leo Castelli by Andy Warhol.
- Collage by Duncan Hannah.
- Blue abstract painting (artist unknown).
- Brickwork drawing from an antique store in San Francisco.
- Photographs by Mickey Smith.

(post by Ruth Parsons, Glenn Tuma and Alexandra Andrews, photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew)

Receiving almost as much attention as the clothes, the art at the gallery-esque Fifth Avenue store has a presence that’s undeniable. Ruth, our prop and window dresser extraordinaire, reveals the artists and just how many gloves there are. “The wall of art…is a mix of vintage and new, known artists from galleries and unknown artists unearthed in antique stores and flea markets.”
Women’s Cashwrap (clockwise from left)- “This painting was bought in an antique store [artist unknown]. I’m crazy about this piece. It reminds me of an architectural floor plan.” - Photograph by Patricia McDonough. - Abstract painting on paper by Deborah Dancy. “We love this artist so much, we bought about a dozen pieces of her work.” - Photograph of girl in car by Cig Harvey. “This is my favorite piece in the whole store. It grabs your attention—it’s mysterious and  arresting.” - Red drawing of nude by Jean Negulesco. - Vintage 1950s fashion photograph (artist unknown). - Paper collage by Duncan Hannah. We almost bought out the entire collection of these collages from the ’70s and ’80s. - Masking tape piece by Jon Ros. - Black charcoal drawing (artist unknown, bought at a flea market). - Art poster. “I love the graphics and color combination.”
Men’s floor stairway (clockwise from left) - Vintage art poster from the Leo Castelli gallery. “This is from a great collection of exhibition posters we found that date from the ’70s and ’80s.” - Collage by Cecil Touchon. - Photograph by Marc Yankus. - Vintage Le Corbusier poster, sourced at an antiques show. - Vintage film poster of “Blow Up,” from the personal collection of Frank Muytjens.  - Black and white pen and ink drawing. “Glenn and I were at the Brimfield Flea Market and he found this incredible collection of sketchbooks from one artist. This is one of them and so is the pen and ink portrait on the left wall.” - Richard Serra poster from the Leo Castelli gallery.  - Abstract painting (artist unknown). - Uncut dust jacket covers with drawing of Leo Castelli by Andy Warhol. - Collage by Duncan Hannah. - Blue abstract painting (artist unknown). - Brickwork drawing from an antique store in San Francisco. - Photographs by Mickey Smith. (post by Ruth Parsons, Glenn Tuma and Alexandra Andrews, photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew) Receiving almost as much attention as the clothes, the art at the gallery-esque Fifth Avenue store has a presence that’s undeniable. Ruth, our prop and window dresser extraordinaire, reveals the artists and just how many gloves there are. “The wall of art…is a mix of vintage and new, known artists from galleries and unknown artists unearthed in antique stores and flea markets.”
Women’s Cashwrap (clockwise from left)- “This painting was bought in an antique store [artist unknown]. I’m crazy about this piece. It reminds me of an architectural floor plan.” - Photograph by Patricia McDonough. - Abstract painting on paper by Deborah Dancy. “We love this artist so much, we bought about a dozen pieces of her work.” - Photograph of girl in car by Cig Harvey. “This is my favorite piece in the whole store. It grabs your attention—it’s mysterious and  arresting.” - Red drawing of nude by Jean Negulesco. - Vintage 1950s fashion photograph (artist unknown). - Paper collage by Duncan Hannah. We almost bought out the entire collection of these collages from the ’70s and ’80s. - Masking tape piece by Jon Ros. - Black charcoal drawing (artist unknown, bought at a flea market). - Art poster. “I love the graphics and color combination.”
Men’s floor stairway (clockwise from left) - Vintage art poster from the Leo Castelli gallery. “This is from a great collection of exhibition posters we found that date from the ’70s and ’80s.” - Collage by Cecil Touchon. - Photograph by Marc Yankus. - Vintage Le Corbusier poster, sourced at an antiques show. - Vintage film poster of “Blow Up,” from the personal collection of Frank Muytjens.  - Black and white pen and ink drawing. “Glenn and I were at the Brimfield Flea Market and he found this incredible collection of sketchbooks from one artist. This is one of them and so is the pen and ink portrait on the left wall.” - Richard Serra poster from the Leo Castelli gallery.  - Abstract painting (artist unknown). - Uncut dust jacket covers with drawing of Leo Castelli by Andy Warhol. - Collage by Duncan Hannah. - Blue abstract painting (artist unknown). - Brickwork drawing from an antique store in San Francisco. - Photographs by Mickey Smith. (post by Ruth Parsons, Glenn Tuma and Alexandra Andrews, photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew)

The men celebrating at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event had effortlessly laid-back styles—from stripes to perfectly worn-in jeans.

(from left to right)
- Prabal Gurung, Billy Reid and Eddie Borgo.
- Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler).
- Preppy with a twist (Nicole Phelps on your arm wearing a chic bag doesn’t hurt either).
- J.Crew’s Frank Muytjens and Mark Holgate were cool in charcoal. 
-Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein put a twist on American classics. 
- Hamish Bowles looked dapper.

(photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew)

The men celebrating at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event had effortlessly laid-back styles—from stripes to perfectly worn-in jeans.
(from left to right)- Prabal Gurung, Billy Reid and Eddie Borgo.- Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler).- Preppy with a twist (Nicole Phelps on your arm wearing a chic bag doesn’t hurt either).- J.Crew’s Frank Muytjens and Mark Holgate were cool in charcoal. -Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein put a twist on American classics. - Hamish Bowles looked dapper.
(photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew) The men celebrating at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event had effortlessly laid-back styles—from stripes to perfectly worn-in jeans.
(from left to right)- Prabal Gurung, Billy Reid and Eddie Borgo.- Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler).- Preppy with a twist (Nicole Phelps on your arm wearing a chic bag doesn’t hurt either).- J.Crew’s Frank Muytjens and Mark Holgate were cool in charcoal. -Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein put a twist on American classics. - Hamish Bowles looked dapper.
(photo credit: Hannah Thomson for J.Crew)

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